Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Ronaldo 'never expected' to reach historic century of European goals

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to end Bayern Munich's record run of 16 straight Championship League wins at home Real overpower Bayern 2-1 in UEFA Champions League
Kristopher Love | 20 April, 2017, 07:34

"The truth is, yes, we're very happy".

"I can describe the goals in a simple way: exciting".

Ronaldo's last Champions League goal prior to Wednesday's game-winning display came against Borussia Dortmund all the way back in September, but he silenced many of his critics against one of the tournament's favourites in midweek. "Real have the better chance now but we still have a chance too, and we'll play with everything we've got". We did it once again and after scoring two goals I was very happy because I helped Real Madrid to win.

What made the victory all the more impressive was the fact that Bayern took the lead in the 25th minute through Arturo Vidal and could have extended that lead on the stroke of half-time had the same player not missed a penalty.

"So happy with the victory tonight and to have reached 100 (goals) in European competitions", Ronaldo posted on Instagram. "Bayern should have scored a second from the penalty", he said.

"When I started scoring goals in the Champions League I never thought I would break this record".

But Ronaldo - who admitted on Wednesday that he has altered his training programme to reduce the risk of injury - is confident that the entire squad is ready for the run-in. Ribery was completely shut down and Bayern tried to play through Robben who was the clear threat against Madrid but Real was great to always triple team Robben and not let him shoot.

Zidane warns the slender lead may not be enough in Madrid in the Spaniards' bid to become the first club to defend the Champions League title.

"We showed the willingness to get a good result after the first half and if we had gone in at 2-0, it may have been a different match". Ronaldo had a bad Champions League campaign this season as he only scores 2 goals before the match.

After a hard loss, Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti was quoted to be saying by Reuters, "Small details have decided the game".

"The history of the club, the way we know that we have to give everything".

Bale suffered a minor but ill-timed muscular injury in his calf that saw him exit the game early at the Allianz Arena.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer produced a string of saves and believes his team can book a sixth straight semi-final berth. "We will try to do our best".